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    Unique Confederate Presentation Sword to Confederate Secret Service Officer Lt. George A. Magruder, nephew of Texas General John Bankhead Magruder, Paris, France. One of the rarest Confederate presentation swords in existence presented to this officer in Paris, France in 1864. This beautiful sword was presented to Lieutenant George A. Magruder, CSA. Magruder was assistant adjutant general to his uncle, Confederate Major General John B. Magruder from Texas. While serving for the Confederate Secret Service under John Slidell (Slidell was the Confederate Commissioner to France), Magruder carried dispatches from the Confederate government to Europe in 1863-1864 where he was presented this magnificent, unique Confederate presentation sword by a lady in Paris.

    The sword is virtually mint, with heavy gilting, and an ultra high quality deeply incised Toledo blade. The date "1864" on the blade is period, and a firm in Paris, France, (possibly Devisme) probably hilted the sword with the Spanish Toledo blade engraved with his initials "GAM". European swords with Confederate presentations are extremely rare, and this authentic example is one of the finest in existence and the only Confederate presentation sword with a Toldeo blade known to exist.

    Provenance: Tharpe Collection

    Authentication: Steve Hess

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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